Tuesday 23 January 2018

Red Hand 'belief' will be tested by in-form Leinster

The main building block behind Leinster's close call against Toulon was "belief".

Seán Cronin said as much last week.

Ireland's forgotten centre Darren Cave was the next to use the word at the beginning of this week.

"I believe in this team," he said, despite Ulster's tendency not to deliver on the biggest days.

"Winning something once makes you want it more.

"Leinster have been hugely successful and I don't think winning one trophy ever hindered their search for more."

Unfortunate Cave started out at Ulster the season after their last League title.

"My first season was 2006/07. It's a long time to have been here with nothing to show for it really.

"There are some great memories and a couple of medals that are the wrong colour."

Following on from Cave's call to arms, Chris Henry spoke about how Ulster needed to "take care of our own business".

The Ireland flanker has shown understandable bravery and belief in his powers of recovery to make his way back from November's mini-stroke.

He doesn't want it to be all for nothing.

"Ulster have an unbelievable chance of doing something special this year," he said.

"We have a great chance to put a team like them away. However, the performance they put in last weekend shows they are a fantastic side.

"They are full of competitors and they will keep fighting," he warned.

Ireland wing Tommy Bowe referenced the "belief" of The Ospreys as the main reason why the Welsh club was able to scalp Leinster at the RDS in back-to-back League finals in 2010 and 2012.

This trait only really stems from doing it, not talking about doing it.

It looks like all of Ulster are on board with a collective mantra that will be fully tested tonight.


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